Peter Cunningham

Peter Cunningham, Executive Director of Education Post

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Executive Director, Education Post

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Peter Cunningham is the executive director of Education Post. He served as assistant secretary for communications and outreach in the U.S. Department of Education during the Obama Administration’s first term. Prior to that he worked with Arne Duncan when he was CEO of the Chicago Public Schools.

Peter is affiliated with Whiteboard Advisors, a DC-based education policy, research and communications firm. He serves on several non-profit boards, including Oakland-based Great Schools, which provides school quality information to parents through a national online platform, The Montessori School of Englewood, a Chicago public charter school, Manufacturing Renaissance, a career education program that trains public high school students for jobs in manufacturing, Unbounded, an organization supporting teachers in schools that are transitioning to higher standards, and Foolproofme.com, which is focused on financial literacy for students.

Peter founded Cunningham Communications, serving public, private and nonprofit clients, worked for political consultant David Axelrod, and was a senior advisor and speechwriter for Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley.

A native New Yorker, Peter began his career as a journalist with small weekly newspapers in New York. He earned an M.S. in Journalism from Columbia University and a B.A. in philosophy from Duke University. He is married to artist Jackie Kazarian, and they have two adult children who are proud graduates of the Chicago Public Schools.

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Posted Aug. 21, 2018

How the New York Times Got It Wrong on School Choice and Segregation

After a much needed break from all things education, I returned to find an op-ed in the New York Times…

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Posted Aug. 1, 2018

Coffee Break: How Arthur VanderVeen Is Lighting a Spark Under PARCC

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC, is a standardized test developed with federal funding to…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Aug. 1, 2018

A New Survey Suggests How Teachers Would Run Our Schools

Surveys suggest teachers are the most trusted voices in public education and thanks to an excellent new survey from Educators…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted July 23, 2018

A Career and Technical Education Program That Is Getting Kids Jobs

Across the Chicago region and the Rust Belt, thousands of small to medium-sized manufacturing firms have been soldiering on through…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted July 18, 2018

Coffee Break: Oakland’s Lakisha Young Is Done Waiting for Superman and Ready for Parents to Take the Lead

Lakisha Young is executive director of The Oakland REACH. She has dedicated her career to promoting access to quality schools…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted June 29, 2018

After Janus, Unions Need to Give Teachers a Reason to Opt In and I Hope They Give Them One

I embraced education reform to strengthen schools, not to weaken unions, so I am not especially happy about the Supreme…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted June 21, 2018

How New Mexico Is Becoming a Quiet Leader in the Education Reform Movement

While much of the education reform world was convening in Austin for the annual charter schools conference this week, I…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted May 30, 2018

Nice to See the Right and the Left Agree on Something, Too Bad They’re Both Wrong

Two former U.S. secretaries of education, Margaret Spellings, who served under President George W. Bush, and Arne Duncan, who served…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted May 25, 2018

These Parents Aren’t School Choice Zealots, They Just Want Better Schools for Their Kids

When it comes to the education of low-income children, classroom results often take a back seat to topics like money,…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted May 19, 2018

Maybe We’ll Finally Get the Gun Reform We Need If We All Keep Our Kids Home From School

Okay parents: It’s your turn. The teachers have walked out demanding better pay. The students walked out demanding an end…

By Peter Cunningham

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How Kunjan Narechania Is Working to Deliver Autonomy, Accountability, Equity and Choice in New Orleans

This is the third in a series stemming from a Chiefs for Change panel discussion at the National Charter Schools Conference hosted by the National…

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